Cowgirl in the Sand

Sara Condo

10.4.2014 - 10.26.2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4th, 7pm

The cinematic landscape is one that allows its spectator to feel illuminated by the image. Its dependency on natural light transfixes a sense of authenticity in deep space and solitude. Our eyes accept the light as it transforms the landscape into a companion.

Using a variety of media gathered from a recent journey by train to the west coast, Condo presents a sequence of rolling American landscapes, vast and monotonous. Within a personal search for Utopic freedom and a solitary challenge to the stereotypes and difficulties faced by the lone female traveler, Condo offers a series of contemplative observations. The procession of spaces, external and internal, virtual and actual, consider the artist’s active engagement with the gendered space of travel and pursuit of self actualization. The nuanced and beautiful yet withheld vistas echo the melancholic tenor of Neil Young’s iconic song of loss and maturation.

- “It's the woman in you that makes you want to play this game”

The maker is dreaming of the ideal place in society but Everybody Knows This is Nowhere. The ideal projects itself upon a space aiming to create its non-existent, unsustainable self. If Utopia translates to "non place" is it possible for one to conquer this elusive condition?

Sara Condo (b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. Born and raised in Cicero, IL she is a third-generation Lithuanian-American who uses personal narratives as a living site for exploration into the complexities of socio-economic class, psychology and gender. Using photography, video, sound and programming, her work depicts the meditative moments present in our everyday lives that illuminate truths of the human condition. Condo studied Media Arts at DePaul University and received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2009. She is a current MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ¬